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“Family dinner”
Review of Cafe Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano
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Ranked #67 of 1,031 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Canal
Description: Cafe Gabbiano is the best Italian fine dining experience on Siesta Key! We invite you to enjoy our carefully prepared authentic Italian cuisine and a world class selection of wine.
Maryland
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Family dinner”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is our second time coming to Cafe Gabbiano's. We started off with mozzarella with tomatoes & basil with a nice balsamic and calamari. The calamari was a little saltier than we like our calamari. Our dinners were amazing, gnocchi with marinara sauce, mamma Lucia, Al Pomodoro Fresco & chicken cacciatore. The chicken cacciatore was a little salty but other than that there was nothing else. The wine was truly amazing! Great staff, service and food was delicious! Thank you for having us again!!!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank PGLO
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Marc G, Owner at Cafe Gabbiano, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
It was great talking to you and the family when you were in! Thank you for the review as well as the helpful feedback. I'm sorry if anything was a little on the salty side. Just know if you're ever unhappy with a dish, we'd be happy to accommodate you with something else. In the meantime, I hope you join us again soon.

Cheers,
Marc, Owner
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Gilbertsville, PA
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent choice for a quiet dinner for two”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Last minute decision to have dinner at Cafe Gabbiano in the Village. Had no problem getting a reservation even though it was Mother's Day. We had a quiet, corner table for 2 (tucked away in a corner of the bar area). Fortunately for us, very few patrons were in the bar area, so it was a nice romantic atmosphere. I had chicken mama lucia, it was a marsala preparation. My friend had salmon. We both enjoyed our entrees. We also ordered a spinach salad (which was excellent) and cannoli for dessert. Oh, and they served delicious bread, too.

Prices are a little high, but worth it for the accompanying ambiance.

Wait staff was attentive and friendly.

We would definitely return to Cafe Gabbiano the next time we visit Siesta Key.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank sb24pa
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Marc G, Owner at Cafe Gabbiano, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
I'm so glad you two decided to join us recently! If there's one thing we know around here, it's how to create a romantic and welcoming atmosphere (not to mention delicious food.) We'd love to see you in again next time you're in Siesta Key. Hopefully it's sooner rather than later!

Cheers,
Marc, Owner
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Glasgow
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Meal for Small after Wedding Party”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had made reservations at Cafe Gabbiano for 8.30 PM after our sunset wedding on Siesta Key Beach and was warmly greeted and shown to our private room in the Wine Room, It was nicely decorated and intimate for our party of 9, waiting staff were great, happily attended to everything we needed, kept our glasses full and served each course promptly. Our meal was lovely, I had broth soup to start, Lemon Sole with Risotto for Dinner and even squeezed in Tiramisu for Dessert along with Rose Wine and a few cocktails all which went down very well :-)

My whole party loved everything they ate and can safely say this was a great choice for my after Wedding meal. Prices I thought were reasonable for the food we received a lot better meal than some of the other places we had visited on the key but as they say you get what you pay for and next time I’m in Florida will defiantly be paying a visit back at Café Gabbiano x thanks for helping finishing our day that extra special bit.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank NicolaGlasgow
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Marc G, Owner at Cafe Gabbiano, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
We're so honored to have been a part of your special day, Nicola. Knowing you and your party had a wonderful meal means the world to us. Anytime you're in the mood to enjoy a taste of Italy, we hope you keep us in mind. We'd love to see you in again soon.

Cheers,
Marc, Owner
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Cincinnati
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Perfect Reception Following Daughter's Beach Wedding”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our daughter was married on Siesta Key Beach April 5, 2014. We are so happy we chose Café Gabbiano as the wedding dinner location. It is conveniently located close with it's own parking lot. Which was important since the wedding took place during Spring Break time which makes parking a problem on Siesta Key.

In the six months leading up to the wedding dinner I worked with Marc. He was great to work with, especially since we were making decisions in Ohio. My husband and I had eaten here when we've visited the Key in the past, but it is different when planning a special event dinner. Marc was helpful with hints on how best to determine which room we chose for the dinner location, the menu items, etc.

On the night of the dinner, the food was excellent! The wait staff was great and paced the meal perfectly. The guests are still talking about how wonder the night was, food, drink and atmosphere!

Thanks Marc!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank TheWittes
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Marc G, Owner at Cafe Gabbiano, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write us up a review! Your support means a lot to us. I'm thrilled the party was a hit. Hope to see you and your family in again soon.

Cheers,
Marc, Owner
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Sarasota, Florida
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Upscale Italian food near beach”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

Very quaint and small restaurant. Excellent food and service. Price on upscale side, but worth the money. a little difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area. Located in the village on Siesta Key

Visited May 2014
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Thank mlsgd
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Marc G, Owner at Cafe Gabbiano, responded to this review, May 27, 2014
Thank you for the great review! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. Hope to see you in again soon.

Cheers,
Marc, Owner
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